Toor Dal Soup with Chicken


I have always been an ardent fan of the Mulligatawny Soup, but have been successful to a very limited extent to cook it myself at home and create the same flavor as that in restaurants in India. So I modified my list of ingredients and made a soup as an adaptation from Mulligatawny. My end product – something more than a soup and lighter than a stew. It's a satisfying meal by itself. And we’ve always loved having this during Fall and Winter.


2 teaspoons cooking oil (Canola/Vegetable)
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 Red pepper, cut lengthwise or julienned
¼ teaspoon cumin-coriander powder
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon turmeric powder (You could go easy on the Turmeric if you wish to)
¼ cup fresh or frozen peas
½ cup cooked Toor Dal
¾ cup low sodium chicken broth
¼ teaspoon lemon juice
½ cup water
¼ cup grilled chicken (cooked) cut into ¼ “ cubes ( I used store bought)
Salt to taste
Chopped fresh cilantro to garnish


Heat oil in large pan. Sauté garlic, ginger, peas, grilled chicken and red peppers with tumeric and cumin-coriander powder, for 5-6 mins.

Blend cooked Toor Dal to a thick pulp in a bowl. Add to this pulp, chicken broth, water and lemon juice. Mix well.

Pour this into the sautéed mixture. Add salt to taste and cook on low heat, covered, for 7-8 mins.

Remove from heat, add freshly ground black pepper. Mix well. Garish with fresh cilantro. Serve hot.

This recipe serves 2-3.

If you prefer to avoid chicken, then you could add a tablespoon or two of cooked brown rice. I avoid chicken at times and add a table spoon of cooked brown rice. Plus I load it up with peppers- red, green and orange. At times I also add water or decrease the quantity of Toor Dal to reduce the consistency (like in the picture).

I came across JFI: Toor Dal hosted by Linda and decided to contribute this.


Linda said...

Hi Eskay,

Your soup looks rich and tasty -- great for a chilly evening! Thank you so much for this lovely recipe for JFI Toor Dal! :)

Puspha said...

That looks wonderful.

Dee & Chai said...

Love this soup- your pic looks great!

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Love the soup!!! and its so ez to make too.....

Eskay said...

Hello Linda, Thank you for considering my entry for JFI Toor Dal.

Eskay said...

Thank you Pushpa.

Eskay said...

Thanks Dee & Chai

Eskay said...

Thanks Ramya.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Yum! Looks delicious and satisfying. The photograph is beautiful. Welcome to The Foodie Blogroll!

Eskay said...

Thank you Jenn.

Nags said...

Came here from Linda's. Love the pic and the unique recipe :)

Eskay said...

Thank you Nags.